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Vincent Vargas is a foreign language teacher at a private school in New York City. He runs websites dedicated to Casablanca (www.vincasa.com) and Richard Wagner (www.wagneroperas.com).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

René Pape at Bayreuth

René Pape, who is singing the role of King Marke at Bayreuth this summer, stayed at my hotel.  He arrived a few hours before the performance, and stayed overnight.  A private man, he kept to himself, finding a corner where he could have breakfast and interact with his mobile phone.  But not private enough for me to snap a picture of him.  The day of the performance I ran into him and told him that I was looking forward to hearing him as King Marke.  He responded with a cordial nod of the head, and off he went to his car towards the Festspielhaus.


Blogger Ora said...

My husband and I were there at the same time you were, also at the Bayerischer Hof. I also snapped a picture of him at breakfast last Tuesday morning (Aug 22).

His costume as König Marke reminded me of the old Mad Magazine "Spy vs. Spy" cartoons.

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